I must confess I’m very disappointed with Hancock – starring Will Smith as the Lad Himself. With no Sid James equivalent it appears that this adapts the solo Hancock series (The Lift/Radio Ham/Bowmans/Blood Donor &c) but with none of the familiar aspects of the scripts. And after Hancock’s creation as an everyman figure to ditch that completely for some superhero type powers seemed to completely miss the point of Galton and Simpson’s subtle script. Additionally, that subtlety of script which led to the fine nuances of characterisation (“Friends all over the world. None at home, but all over the world”, the expectation of a waiting media as he is freed from the lift) is replaced with gross base comedy, typical of the transition from TV to film. A bizarre experiment and – for me – wholly unsuccessful.
LAter on I’ll be looking at the new cartoon adaptation of Kung Fu starring Jack Black as David Carradine and Dustin Hoffman as his mentor.